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NBTE, TUC, BOA suffers heavy casualties from Kaduna train attack

The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Trade Union Congress (TUC), the Bank of Agriculture (BoA) have suffered heavy causalities from the Kaduna train attack which occurred on Monday.

Terrorists attacked a Kaduna bound train along the Kaduna-Abuja railway, bombing the track, killing and kidnapping passengers of the train.

According to the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, eight dead bodies have been recovered so far and 26 persons were injured during the attack.

The number of causalities recorded during the attack is still building up as revelations of who and who were killed and/or missing among the passengers are being compiled. On Tuesday, a close friend of the Director of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Abdu Isa Kofar Mata (Gigi) reported the death of his friend at the Kaduna train attack.

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In a tweet made through his handle, Bashir Usman, the NBTE Director’s friend said, “In total submission to the will of almighty Allah, we announce the death of a fellow GSCS alumnus – Abdu Isa Kofar Mata (Gigi) in last night’s attack on Kaduna-Abuja train.”

“We pray to Allah subhanahu to grant his soul eternal rest.”

In another development, the President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Quadri Olaleye, revealed that the secretary-general of the Trade Union Congress, Musa-Lawal Ozigi, as well as the Kwara State Chairman of the TUC, Akin Akinsola, have been killed by terrorists in the Kaduna train attack.

The statements reads: “Comrade Ozigi served in the capacity of General Secretary, Construction and Civil Engineering Senior Staff Association (CCESSA), an affiliate of TUC for almost two decades before he joined the Congress in 2012.

“Comrade Akinsola was a staff of Dangote Flour Mill under OLAM. They were both seasoned Trade Unionists.

“As it stands, nowhere is safe now – we can not travel by air, road is not safe and neither is the rail. Is Nigeria a failed state? It is unfortunate.

“The Congress condoles with the families and friends of our comrades and the good people of Kogi State for this irreparable loss.”

Meanwhile, the Managing Director of the Bank of Agriculture, Alwan Ali Hassan, who was among the passengers of the train have been discovered missing with a high speculation being that he was kidnapped by the terrorists.

A source close to the family of the MD who spoke with The Nation stated that they cannot authoritatively affirm that he has been kidnapped. 

“We cannot tell if he has been kidnapped or not but we are worried because we have been unable to reach him since yesterday.

“His phone lines have been switched off and no one has contacted the bank or any of his family members,” the source close to his family told The Nation on Tuesday.

With the Kaduna State Government’s figure stating that 362 passengers was recorded to have boarded the train, there are still uncertainty as regards the magnitude of causalities suffered from the deadly terrorist attack.

“Investigations are still ongoing to ascertain the status of the passengers who were on board the train and remain unaccounted for at the time of this update. Search operations are also being sustained,” the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security stated on Tuesday.

Citizens are however advised to contact the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency on the phone line 09088923398, to make enquiries or provide information regarding passengers who were on board the Abuja-Kaduna train AK9.

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